Category Archives: Faith

Funeral Arrangements for Father Kauffmann

Dear Parishioners,

The Diocese of Richmond has confirmed the following funeral arrangements for Father James Kauffmann:

Saint Bede parish in Williamsburg on Thursday, June 22:

  • Visitation from 3:00 to 6:00pm
  • Mass at 6:00pm
  • Dinner following Mass (all are invited)

Saint Benedict parish in Richmond on Friday, June 23:

  • Visitation from 9:30 to 10:30am
  • Funeral Mass at 11:00am
  • Rite of Committal (burial) at Mount Calvary Cemetery following Mass
  • Reception in North Sheppard (Benedictine) Gymnasium following burial (all are invited)

Eternal rest grant unto James, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Fr. Tony Marques

Confession of Peter

We arrived at the ruins of Caesarea Philippi where Jesus declared “the rock.”

Where there is the cave there was a temple in the time of Jesus. It was associated in earlier times with child sacrifice.

One can imagine Jesus said Peter “you are the rock” and pointing to the temple saying “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church.”

Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. ~ Matthew 16:15-18

This is a source of the Jordan that flows down from the mountains of Lebanon.

The cave is the temple of Pan.

An artist’s rendition of what it might have looked like.

Temple of the sacred goat.

Mount of Olives

We begin our Palm Sunday walk down the Mount of Olives as we read the Gospel accounts of the Lord’s Triumphant Entry.

And when he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem…. And as he rode along, they spread their garments on the road. As he was now drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
~Luke 19:28,36-40

Dominus Flevit Church. The excavated mosaic floor of the fourth century Byzantine church.

We celebrated mass at Dominus Flevit which commemorates the Lord who wept over Jerusalem.

This is on the altar: A mother hen with a halo gathering her chicks.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Matthew 23:37-39

As you celebrate Mass you overlook Temple Mount.

Overlooking Temple Mount from the church Dominus Flevit. (Click to enlarge this or any picture).

The dome of the church.

The church looks like a tear drop.

The Garden of Olives. Jesus goes to the garden to pray the night before his Passion.

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go yonder and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. hen he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” ~Matthew 26:36-39


The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

In August 2016 Bishop DiLorenzo appointed me director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Williamsburg, Virginia near the College of William and Mary. This appointment is opening up for me a new appreciation of devotion to Our Lady which I would like to share with you on my blog, a devotion that is shared by Anglicans and Orthodox as well: a truly ecumenical devotion to Our Lady.

Look at the menu of this site, and next to the “About” and the “Camino,” you will see The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Feast of the Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

“O God, who dost establish the ministry of angels and men in a wonderful order, graciously grant that Thy holy angels, who ever serve Thee in heaven, may also protect our lives on earth.”

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honor of the Virgin Mary, at whose Assumption the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.”

May we rejoice with the angels as we affirm the truth of the sacred Scripture that, “All generations will call me blessed, for he who is mighty has done great things for me.”

This Titian in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice extols the blessedness of the Virgin Mary.


More from the Frari:


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40th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

On Sunday July 17th, 2016 at 3:00 in the afternoon at Saint Benedict Parish in Richmond Virginia I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. These forty years have been laden with many more blessings of ministry than I could have ever imagined on ordination day. All are welcome to join me in thanking the Lord for the gift of Priestly Ministry and I pray the Lord will raise up many more men to serve him in his Vineyard.

“With desire I have desired to eat this Pasch with you.”

Saint George

Almighty God, who gave to your servant George boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.






The image above is from Lalibela, in Ethiopia, and is a detail of this:


Sub Tuum Praesidium: Exploring Early Christian Heritage

“The Sub tuum praesidium is probably the oldest Christian prayer dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This prayer was long used in both Eastern and Western rites…” Read much more and see a 3rd century papyrus fragment, at the New Liturgical Movement.

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus1, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady of Sorrow, by Juan Pascual de Mena, in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Our Lady of Sorrow, by Juan Pascual de Mena, in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Our Lady of Expectation, museum in Toledo, Spain

Our Lady of Expectation, museum in Toledo, Spain

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Mary teaching Jesus to write - attributed to Luis de Morales 1509? - 1586 (mid 16th C), Bilbao

Mary teaching Jesus to write – attributed to Luis de Morales 1509? – 1586 (mid 16th C), Bilbao

A Pieta from the Cathedral in Bilbao.